Imagination Technologies announces it is working with the Debian Project to accelerate development of the popular, open source Debian operating system (OS) for the 64-bit MIPS architecture. Imagination is donating several high-performance SDNA-7130 appliances to the Debian Project for port development and maintenance.
The SDNA-7130 (Software Defined Network Appliance) platforms are developed by Rhino Labs, a leading provider of high-performance data security, networking, and data infrastructure solutions.
Ian Oliver, vice president of developer tools at Imagination, said: “The new devices from Rhino Labs represent an important part of Imagination’s commitment to offer Debian developers free access to a wide range of 32- and 64-bit MIPS-based platforms. We encourage the community to take advantage of the new hardware available and join us in the quest to provide the latest features of the 32- and 64-bit MIPS architecture to the widest possible range of Debian users.”
The SDNA-7130 appliances feature enterprise-grade Cavium OCTEON III CN7130 chips that include quad-core MIPS64 processors clocked 1.5 GHz as well as powerful floating point units (FPUs). The high-performance quad-core Cavium processors enable a reduction in package build times and let Debian developers access the advanced feature set of the MIPS64 Release 5 architecture.
Developers interested to get started with GNU/Linux for MIPS CPUs will find the latest kernel releases at https://community.imgtec.com/developers/mips/linux. The website also provides links to other affordable development systems available from Imagination for developers who want to contribute to Imagination’s Debian work. For example, the Creator Ci20 microcomputer features a dual-core MIPS32 processor clocked at 1.2 GHz and the Creator Ci40 IoT hub includes a 550MHz dual-core, dual-threaded MIPS32 interAptiv CPU; both platforms support Debian 8 as well as other popular GNU/Linux distributions such as OpenWrt and Buildroot.
Debian MIPS ports are also possible thanks to donations from the aql hosting service provider, the Eaton remote controlled ePDU, and many other individual members of the Debian community.